Day 1: Arrive in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 2: Saigon
Good Morning Saigon (Tour will start early morning) (2 hours)
Wake up with the locals and soak in the sights and sounds of Saigon in the early morning. Set off not long after the sun has risen and witness the city slowly waking up around you. Spend some time sipping cafe da, a Vietnamese iced coffee at the outdoor "bird cafe" in one of the city's most attractive parks. This is a great place to mingle with the locals and even join in the early morning chatter. Saigon's bird lovers flock here on a daily basis to show off their prized birds and to listen to the singing. They sit on the bench-lined walkways shaded by ancient towering trees exchanging expertise and sharing gossip. Stroll through to the adjacent park and witness the locals going about their daily exercise routines. Some practice Tai Chi while others jog and challenge each other to games of badminton. Continue walking to an old dim sum shop, a popular and bustling eatery in the neighborhood. Sit among the locals and sample the same breakfast they enjoy every day - an assortment of tasty dim sum with steamed dumplings, buns and rolls. After a delicious breakfast, return to your hotel as the locals set off to begin their daily work.
Sightseeing in Saigon [Half day] (4 hours)
A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the convergence of traditional and modern life. Begin the trip into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.
Afterwards, drive to the historic centre to visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon's most interesting pagodas. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, end up at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
Overnight in Saigon (B)
Day 3: Saigon
Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels (5.5 hours)
Never discovered by American forces, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapons factories. Today, walk through the area and learn about the day to day life of the Vietcong, bear witness to the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists.
Saigon Street Food by Night (3 hours)
Take a walk through Saigon's street dining districts and taste some of the city's signature dishes. Depart from the hotel in the early evening and get ready to immerse yourself in the bustling Saigon streets. Along with your guide set off on foot, the best way to discover the narrow back alleyways and observe how the local people spend their evenings. You will be taken to two different districts of the city where the authentic local lifestyle has been preserved. Walk through lively alleyways passing endless rows of steaming food stalls selling an array of delicious snacks. Breathe in the aromas of the herbs and spices as you watch the dishes being cooked right in front of you. Stop to pull up a plastic stool at some of the sidewalk stalls and sample some specialties along with the locals. Try freshly made spring rolls (bo bia) or the famous Vietnamese baguette (banh mi thit). Tuck into hot bowls of aromatic duck congee (chao vit), beef noodles (bun bo hue) or beef ball noodle soup (bo vien). You will even visit a local shellfish eatery to try out some of the more unusual shellfish dishes. The culinary exploration will end with a cup of tea or coffee before the return to your hotel.
Restaurant : Meals incl. in itinerary (Vietnam)(Dinner),
Overnight in Saigon
Special note: The program Saigon Street Food by Night is at 18:00-21:00.(B, L)
Day 4: Saigon - U.S.A
Transfer to airport for your flight home. (B)
Key: (B) Breakfast, (D) Dinner